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Find out what is going on at Welch Creek here! The picture below was taken by the Hayes family for a special military project we were able to be a part of. A special packet was sent to our local National Guard with this picture from our church in it! We sure hope this packet was a blessing! 


"Pleading His Cause"

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:29 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

"But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel." ~ Colossians 1:18
                                      
          In verses 12-17 of our above text, Paul tells why some others served God. Our verse tells us why he served the Lord that he loved. It was His love for Jesus and His love for lost sinners that compelled him to share the Gospel.
        Charles Finney was 29 years old when he came to know the Lord. On October 10, 1821, he went to a wooded area for a time of prayer. He wrote these words later, "While there, The Holy Spirit - - Seemed to go through me, body and soul - - Indeed it seemed to come in waves of liquid love."
        Finney was a lawyer and the next day he met with a client who had come for legal help. He told the man, "I have a retainer from the Lord Jesus Christ to plead His cause and cannot plead yours." He left his law practice and entered the ministry. He was greatly used by the Lord to see others come to Christ in salvation.
        In our text, the word "set" means appointed. Like a lawyer, Paul tells us that it was appointed to him to defend the Gospel. He was to plead the case of Christ every where he went. We, who are saved today, are to do the same thing. We say we love the Lord, and we love people. That can only be true if we are busy sharing the Gospel. Ours is not a ministry of silence. Learn to speak up for Christ. Like Mr. Finney, get alone with the Lord and let Him fill you with His presence. Then, you will be able to tell others.
                    April 8th, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

1 Corinthians 15"

posted Apr 9, 2018, 1:15 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 1:16 PM ]

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:20
                                      
          This chapter in the Bible is the resurrection chapter. The four Gospels give the detail of our Lord's resurrection. This chapter tells us why the resurrection is the finished product of Christ's work in salvation's story. All that Jesus did, was a part of His ministry. His birth, His life, and His death had to be done exactly at the right time. The resurrection stands out as the one element that sets our Saviour apart.
        Without the resurrection, our preaching is in vain. Without the resurrection, our faith is in vain. The word "vain" means weak, void, worthless, having no substance, of no value or unimportant. In other words, what good is there in a dead god? Without the resurrection, we are still in our sins (vs. 17). Without His resurrection, we are most miserable (vs. 19). The Gospel of Jesus Christ would be no good news had not Christ resurrected Himself from the grave.
        We, who have believed upon Him can now and forever rejoice because our Saviour did what only God could do. He has defeated every enemy man has. Death, Hell and the grave have been conquered by Christ. No longer is sin the victor, nor death, nor the grave. Our Lord has paid the sin-debt for us. He has taken the sting out of death and replaced it with peace, joy and blessed hope. He has robbed the grave of its darkness and replaced it with the Light of Heaven. Verse 57 says to us, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
                April 1st, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Pre-eminence"

posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

"And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw not man, save Jesus only.~ Matthew 17:8

Pre-eminent: To be above and before all others. To be "Number One"

"...that in all things, He (Jesus) might have pre-eminence." ~ Colossians 1:18
                                      
          Notice the two words, "all things." Our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, always give pre-eminence to Jesus. When He was born, it was not Mary or the angels, but Jesus who had the glory. When He was baptized, it was not John the Baptist nor the ordinance of baptism which was given pre-eminence, but the Lord Himself. When he died on the cross of Calvary, God glorified Him. It was not the thieves who died or the religious leaders who had Him crucified who were pre-eminent, but Jesus was exalted.
        When we look at the empty tomb and see the women gathered there and later the apostles who showed up, it was Jesus who was pre-eminent. We see the Lord Jesus as the apostles carry His Name throughout the world in that day. We should make sure that in all we say and do, that Jesus is the main focus. Our message, music and motives should all be about Him. We must make sure that He is pre-eminent in our homes, our jobs, at school, at church, and all other areas of our lives. It is not about us or any program of man, it is all about Him. Amen!
                March 11, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Why?"

posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:23 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

"Therefore I will not refrain my mouth;                                        
 I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; 
                                        I will complain in the bitterness of my soul."
                                                                                                                                ~Job 7:11
                                      
          A tornado swept through Joplin, Missouri, in May of 2011. A husband and wife took cover in the bathroom tub. The husband covered his wife with his body. He died, and she lived because of his love for her. She dealt with her sorrow for over a year, but then realized that even on that worst day, she was loved.
        "Worst days" come to everyone, even those who are children of God. Job is a good example. In one day, he saw everything in his life taken away. All ten children were killed, he lost all that he owned, and even suffered the worse case of boils that a person could have. You can understand why he said what he said in the verse above. Simply put, Job was asking, "Why?"
        His wife told him to curse God and die. His so-called friends accused him of sinning, and believed that he deserved what he was getting. It's no wonder the reason Job was asking, "Why?" God spoke to Job and assured him of His control of matters, and Job trusted the Lord. God never answered the "Why?"
        Our Lord may never answer all of our "Why's?", BUT, praise His wonderful name. Even on our worst days we can know for sure that we are loved by Him!
              
              February 11, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Caught Red-Handed"

posted Feb 4, 2018, 2:35 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

"Be sure your sins will find you out."
                                                                                                                                ~Numbers 32:23
                                      
          How well do I remember the day I got my arm caught in a candy vending machine! I don't remember my exact age, but I was around ten years old. There was a park we all went to in the summer to swim and play many games. It was the number one gathering place for all the kids. The park had a drink machine and a candy vending machine. All the candy lay on a little tray, and the tray would fall when you put your money in and pulled a lever to get it to drop. Since I had really skinny arms, I found out that I could reach up into the machine and push the tray holding the candy, and it would fall.
        On one particular day, my good friend, Roger, and I were at the candy machine; I told him to watch out as I reached up the machine to get us some free candy. He was my "look-out buddy." Well, I got my arm up into the machine, and the candy fell down, but to my shock, i could not get my arm out, no matter how hard i tried. I became frightened and hollered for Roger to help me. Instead of helping, he ran out of the door and left me. It wasn't long before he returned with the park director. To make matters worse, the park director could not free my arm even with the door of the machine now unlocked. By now a large crowd had gathered to view my trapped arm. As a last resort, the rescue squad was called to the scene. No candy bar was worth this! After some time, the rescue rescue team freed arm. I was free at last! But, news spread fast in a small town, and what awaited me at home was a spanking that I never forgot. My sins had found me out, and there was a price to pay. "Be sure, your sins will find you out."
              
              February 4, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Flipping A Coin - Heads or Tails"

posted Jan 28, 2018, 2:58 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 3:02 PM ]

"Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those thins which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                                                                ~Philippians 3:13-14
                                      
          Some people live their life like flipping a coin, in hopes it land on the side that is a win for them. Life is not gambling or a guessing game as some think it is. As Christians, we are to live a life of commitment to Biblical goals. I came across some of those goals in a list by Dr. Guy Goodell, Pastor in Hudson Falls, NY.
        "First, we need to set goals that will advance our personal relationship with Christ. Second, we need to set goals that will advance our personal growth. Third, we need to set goals that will promote righteousness. Fourth, we need to set goals that will help pursue holiness in conduct. Sixth, we need to set goals that win Christ's personal approval., Seventh,  we need to set goals that will indicate our willingness to handle responsibility."
        "There is a tendency to look at accomplishments rather than character. We ought to put integrity ahead of events. Some godly goals are: 1.) Be a husband worth respecting. 2.) Be a father/ mother worth imitating. 3.) Be a wife worth honoring. 4.) Be a leader worth following. 5.) Be a teacher worth hearing. 6.) Be a servant worth trusting." How are your goals?
              
              January 21, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Purchased Protection"

posted Jan 28, 2018, 2:29 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

"For ye are bought with a price."
                                                                                                                                ~1 Corinthians 6:20a
                                      
          The story is told of an old country farmer who would pray these words when trials and troubles came his way: "Lord,  Your property is in danger." It would do us well to say the same prayer when we face the dangers in our lives.
        We are God's property. He knows how to guide us, guard us, and protect us because we belong to Him. You may say, "I know people who have been killed or died suddenly; where was God?" What a foolish question to pose. He was right there, to carry them to the safe haven of Heaven. We belong to Him, and we will always belong to Him. He never loses us. He never trades us off. He never sells us out. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us! Praise His wonderful keeping power! We are kept by the power of His word, and the protection of His own property is of high priority. He is able to reach the uttermost and take us to the "uppermost" - eternally! I am thankful to God that I am His child, and belong to no other. I'm not even interested in entertaining the temptations of Satan, though I face them each day I am happy and satisfied to be a child of God, and know that He cares and watches over me. His love for me compels me to do my best to love and live for Him.
              
              January 28, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Virgin Birth"

posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:39 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 2:40 PM ]

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory."
                                                                                                                                ~1 Timothy 3:16
                                      
          Notice the words, "manifest in the flesh." The virgin birth of our Saviour was the act of God. We have in recent years come to hear that His incarnation is not true. Modern day liberals say that the word virgin does not necessarily mean a chaste, pure, young woman who had never known a man sexually. Well, let's check out Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel." The word "virgin," used here, definitely means a pure, chaste, woman who had never known a man. This is the same word used about Rebekah in Genesis 24:43. WE find it again in Proverbs 30:19, Psalm 68:25, and Matthew 1:23.
        The virgin birth is one of the fundamentals of the gospel message. Without it, you have no good news of salvation. So, in this day of liberalism, let's not give any heed to those who would question the virgin birth of Christ. May we lift up our voices and let the world know that Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin in a little town called Bethlehem.
              
              December 3rd, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Staying Young"

posted Nov 12, 2017, 2:14 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 2:15 PM ]

"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing."
                                                                                                                                ~Psalm 92:13-14
                                      
          Some people are old before their fortieth birthday; others reach 90 and still seem young. What is the difference? Attitude! The body will age, but we get old only if we choose to do so. God desires that believers live each day fully so that He can use them.
        First, we need to keep learning. Some people are satisfied with their present level of knowledge because learning something new would tax their brains. Discovering fresh concepts guarantees we can continue being productive in the world. When we get God's perspective, anxiety and fear diminish so that our body and mind can function at top levels. As you are learning, you are growing. When you quit learning, you will quit growing; and to quit growing means you are dying faster.
        Greatness is seen in the Christian who lives to keep learning. Someone once said, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." There is some great truth to that statement. Keep your thoughts on the things that honor GOD. It will be good for others and yourself.
              
              November 12th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

"The Treasure in Earthen Vessels"

posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:13 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 1:13 PM ]

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that                                                                 
                                    the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."
                                                                                                                                Malachi 1:6
                                      
          When you buy a nice piece of jewelry, it is often tucked into a setting of black or dark colored velvet. It is designed that way so that your attention is immediately drawn to the beauty of the jewelry. If the packaging were decorated, it could compete with the beauty of the treasure.
        The verse above reminds us about the ministry of Jesus through us. It is easy to forget that we are the packaging, and He is the treasure in us. We must never get the idea that it is about us. All that we may do should reveal the Lord Jesus and His work in us. Some people seek to bring glory to themselves when they have forgiven someone, or shown mercy, or given generously. The problem is, when we start seeking praise or affirmation for our good deeds or good talents, we compete with the brilliance of the treasure of God that is working through us.
        The less obvious we are, the more brilliant He becomes. That is why the verse says we are just jars of clay (earthen vessels), so that God would be the One to be glorified. How much of the beauty of Christ is seen in and through you? What a wonderful Treasure we have in Him! Let us so live that all whom we meet will see not us, but HIM!
              
              November 5th, 2017                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6

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